Ortom Pleads With Buhari To Extend Naira Swap Till June
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has pleaded with president Buhari to extend the deadline for the naira notes swap till June.
Buhari last Sunday, had directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of the old naira notes to February 10.
Ortom speaking in Makurdi, urges the president to listen to the national assembly’s call for the extension of the deadline till June.
According to the governor, the cashless policy and the introduction of new naira notes are laudable.
The governor, however, complained that the timing was wrong, and that the policies are being badly implemented.
Ortom said the implementation of the policy was increasing the hardships facing the people, as many of them were no longer accessing either new or old naira notes.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on Mr. President to use his good office to advise the CBN governor to give Nigerians more time, people are in distress especially the rural populace, some people with only N1,000 even slept on queue just to get new notes, this is adding more pain to the already suffering Nigerians.
“From now to June, the CBN will have enough time to print the new currency enough to go round the nooks and crannies of Nigeria,” Ortom added.
Our correspondent who went round to monitor some banks and markets in Makurdi, the Benue State capital observed that even though the CBN announced 10 days extension ATMs are filled with long queues and most shops and business are not selling because they are refusing to collect old naira notes.